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question are you prepared for a change when you throw a punch be ready for a battle pretty well off speech and down the street into classes. an investigation into the murder of afghan civilians allegedly involving american soldiers is abandoned after the u.s. denies access to suspects we hear from a journalist who says he's got proof the u.s. soldiers are to blame the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these man's fate. the sanctions stay america prolongs the state of emergency in its relations with iran and some even tougher restrictions despite attempts to seal a nuclear agreement. have been a british citizen for at least thirty years in this country we meet a man who was targeted by a controversial british government campaign to weed out the legal immigrants our top stories this.
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hour live from our studio center in moscow this is r.t. with international news and comment. an investigation into the killings of civilians in afghanistan has been dropped after the u.s. refused to cooperate american special forces are suspected of the murders but investigators have been refused access to them over a dozen men were detained during u.s. raids in afghanistan what that province between october twenty twelve and february twenty third they then disappeared ten bodies were later discovered just several hundred meters from an american military base u.s. insists his troops were not to blame and had no knowledge of illegal killings the journalist matthew akin spent five months investigation incident in rolling stone magazine he claims to have seen evidence proving the guilt of american soldiers.
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had the chance to ask him what he found. the special forces team the green beret a team as they're called was deployed to an isolated valley west of kabul where the taliban and other insurgent groups have a very heavy presence and what happened was over last winter the locals are complaining that the special forces team and their translators were murdering people torturing them abducting them and disappearing them just extraordinary allegations that at the time or essentially unproven after the special forces team was forced out of the area by the afghan government bodies started showing up outside the base bodies that they said were the bodies of ten men who had been seen rounded up by the americans and then were not able to be found either by the red cross or by the afghan government afterward so i essentially investigated these allegations of the quality of testimony from locals from officials.
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about two confidential u.n. and red cross investigations that corroborated the allegations that suggested that the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these men's fate potential war crime allegations that they prove to be correct has there been any accountability for what happened to matthew while the military says that it opened a criminal investigation so they declined to comment for the story saying that the from the speech is ongoing but in the five months that i spent reporting the story a single one of the witnesses that i spoke to had ever been contacted by u.s. military investigators so it really does beg the question of whether these. leaders are actually going to be able to establish any sort of accountability for what happened there well certainly disturbing indeed but this isn't the first time that we've heard of allegations of torture and abuse by western forces in afghanistan and i wonder if you can sort of speak more broadly about this in a wider context well while the allegations and these incidents are kind of unprecedented in their severity and scale they do fit part of
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a larger pattern of recurring abuse. of detainees in u.s. and afghan allied custody as well as continued lockerbie the sort of accountability for individuals who are at the implicated in this kind of abuse of detainees was a recurring pattern of abuse and a recurring pattern of a lack of accountability and this incident really has to be seen in the context of . the allegations of aggravated tensions between washington and kabul over a joint security pact that agreement defines the future of u.s. troops after other foreign forces withdraw by the end of next year and american soldiers immunity to afghan law is the most crucial part of the deal and solitude is going to check on explains afghan authorities have repeatedly asked the u.s. to allow them to question the soldiers at the base but the u.s. repeatedly rebuffed the request u.s. forces are immune from afghan law but not for long the immunity issue is the various stumbling block on the way to an agreement between the u.s.
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and afghanistan under which some u.s. troops would stay in afghanistan past twenty four teen and that's what the obama administration wants immunity for the troops so that they can stay beyond twenty fourteen the same agreement that the u.s. wanted with iraq but iraq refused to grant u.s. forces further immunity from justice incidents like the killing of civilians in the word out province make it that much more difficult for the afghan government to justify such an agreement with the u.s. seen front of afghan people. to live here in moscow with you twenty four hours a day still ahead for you this the money woes that are pushing french farmers to take their own loans to cystic suggest there is one suicide every two days. the figures now growing days one problem a day commit suicide in time but workers on a cattle farm in britain their plight is even worse than official figures suggest a report is coming your way in just a few minutes from now on. the spot in the parents or in u.s.
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iranian relations officially they remain in a state of emergency america's decades long sanctions regime has been prolonged by president barack obama for another year. because on capitol hill even more restrictions put in place what is more important as more. u.s. president barack obama says it's necessary for the thirty plus years state of national emergency against iran to continue due to the fact that relations between washington and tehran have not returned to normal ironically the move comes as the international community continues taking significant steps to broker a deal over iran's disputed nuclear program now although last week's marathon ministerial talks in geneva ended without a deal ongoing negotiations between iran and western powers have been praised as constructive and comprehensive with discussions scheduled to continue next week now the biggest obstacle to a breakthrough has been america's ally israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu has
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been publicly skeptical and fiercely opposed to easing sanctions against tehran or unless its nuclear program is completely dismantled now u.s. lawmakers have promised to wait for a rethinking by secretary of state john kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough sanctions on iran but in the meantime pro israel groups have reportedly been branding up lobbying efforts on capitol hill pushing for more unity of measures now some experts speculate that obama's ongoing state of emergency against iran has more to do with appeasing israel reporting from new york. r.t. . in his daily briefing white house spokesman jay carney says the u.s. is not in favor of rolling back restrictions this administration has imposed the most crippling sanctions in history against iran. and we appreciate the leverage
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those sanctions have given us. he was however keen to stress that washington is still aiming for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis around iran's nuclear program but we spoke to us foreign policy analyst and expert on iran's support for alric and she believes that obama's latest move indicates otherwise i think mr obama is sending very clear message to tara that whatever agreement does make with iran in the future it cannot be trusted as it was not trusted in the past negotiations started with the undersecretary of state wendy sherman saying this they gave notice this does not recognize iran's right to enrich uranium so they are interpret seeing the nonproliferation treaty to suit their politics i don't think that was ever any real desire to bring it to a peaceful end to this negotiation france refused to accept what it called a falls gain during talks on iran's nuclear program and was widely blamed for
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blocking an agreement international affairs columnist for the guardian newspaper jonathan steele explained what he believes paris is worried about. francis convinced to iran is meddling in a region which was traditionally at least in colonial times under french influence i mean syria and lebanon and they feel they took a very hawkish line against bashar al assad the president of syria when the uprising began two years ago they thought he would be toppled quickly and they feel that it's really thanks to russia diplomatically and iran militarily that assad is still there and they feel very annoyed and angry over that and the second reason i think is quite simply money they see that saudi arabia is also having a row with the united states partly of iran but partly over other issues and i think they feel that they can get their foot in the arms sales door and take over as one of the major arms suppliers to saudi arabia which of course is a hugely lucrative market. the diplomatic wrangling around iran's nuclear program
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is debated in today's crosstalk peter lavelle asks his guests just tell serious the west was about finding agreement. i wonder in the times of a jerusalem spoke directly saying that binyamin netanyahu one directly off abuse that if the deal was a bad deal then there would be immediate we tell you action by israel on a certain number of. nuclear plants ok michael it sounds like there was that's extortion right there ok there is heavy pressure not just from the israelis but also from the saudis and other gulf countries warning the americans not to go too far the question for iran then arises is the united states really committed to the kind of end game that was understood when they began this round of talks and i think that iran may in fact be wondering now whether that is the case i think
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that's the real danger of the. cross talk throughout the day here on the u.k. home office is being heavily criticized for a campaign aimed at forcing illegal immigrants out of the country thousands of text messages were sent to the mobile phones of suspected illegal migrants warning them to leave britain or smith investigates what effect it had. your phone. is a text message a friend. or your mom just checking your ok but no it's the home office telling you you are illegal in this country and have to leave this is the text got fair enough if he was illegal but he's not and he doesn't even know how they got his details i have been a british citizen for at least for this country so.
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it's all part of a government campaign to weed out illegals first they said round threatening. and now threatening texts although the home office denies sending one to chan it's triggered two hundred complaints but the government defends the program we are taking proactive steps to contact individuals who records show have novell it right to be in the u.k. some of which date back to december two thousand and eight we believe it's right to enforce the immigration rules chan who's an immigration case officer reckons it won't have any effect on genuine illegals they'll just get a new sim card but will intimidate and alienate entirely legitimate community is pointing to what's there we're not welcome in this country chinatown in london's west end is where the majority of chance clients work and he says several of them have themselves received messages from the hope that together with a series of surprises raids on restaurants by the u.k. border agency makes the u.k.
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a pretty scary place to be chinese or indeed any kind of ethnic minority at the moment bans texts and raids all add up say activists to an anti immigrant campaign and jeremy corbyn m.p. who represents a multicultural constituency says we can expect to see more of it at the general election approach. and it's essentially a battle for political ground between the right wing conservatives and the far right ukip but it's a pretty unseemly image that we're getting this is electioneering paid for by the taxpayer that knows strike rate data is available yet for the forty thousand text messages set although the home office reports just eleven illegal immigrants have called havens the result that it's cheaper than full simply removing them apparently but at the cost of the goodwill of immigrant communities country whites laura smith. this controversial go home campaign has been compared on some social
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media to the two thousand and six movie children of men here's a look at why. are we to five feet tall ships or even speak to a call. to. see if it's among us but it was. just to see you. we spoke to a member of the u.k. socialist workers party we all saw him whether the grim scenes of dystopian children men but any comparison to the reality of britain today. i think it's a very dangerous and toxic policy which does indeed threaten to create the sorts of
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conditions which that film we've just seen indicated and in some ways is a throwback to the racist and fascist policies of the one nine hundred thirty s. i think we're seeing a two pronged attack one is to strike fear to intimidate immigrants to tell them they're not welcome here to try and stop them coming here and to reduce the rights of people who have come to britain to work and to study the other and indeed perhaps more important from the government's terms is to offer our immigrants as a scapegoat for the rest of the population to say that there are real problems in society bad housing lack of jobs no future for young people and instead of blaming those who are really responsible the politicians the big businessmen and the bankers instead we're encouraged to blame our neighbor workmate someone at school with us and to say that the immigrant is the problem not the rich
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still to come here on r.t. this an apology from abroad poland's president says sorry to moscow after nationalist protesters attacked the russian embassy morsel more on that and other stories after the break. well. it's technology innovation all these developments from around russia we've got the future covered. but i will only react to situations spoke i have read the reports. for. the state to comment on your letter to say. thank you. when you question
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prepared for a change when you should be ready for a. critical stage in. the freedom to. the president does apologize for the russian embassy it was carried out by a nationalist protest as earlier this week when an independent spiraled out of control until. the details. the polish president has apologized on behalf of the country for monday's incident which the country's prime minister has described as an unacceptable act of aggression now monday was poland's independence
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day and to mark the occasion a march was organized through the streets of warsaw but it was hijacked by far right nationalists who provided the russian embassy with stones and firecrackers and slogans and banners with anti russian sentiments some protesters even attempted to scale the walls of the embassy before the police dispersed the crowd with pepper spray and rubber bullets and around a dozen people were arrested in total now the incident has prompted the polish president komorowski to suggest that changing in the polish law so that protesters are prohibited from covering their faces future demonstrations and he also claims that some are using this incident to suggest that poland is a russophobe nation and that is something that he strenuously denies. playing off key can sometimes be simply criminal. from.
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the start of the spanish pianist ends in a seven year jail sentence for offending her neighbors sensitivity is more details for you right now. plus america's sweeping surveillance activities could backfire washington has warned that the n.s.a.'s activities could be the provocation for new terror attacks overseas and the danger is coming from one of its closest allies which one website. the to the right from the scene. of the. first strike. and i think the true. on our reporters twitter. and instagram. could be in the mole. on.
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one of the common in washington d.c. . the face time peter was. a pleasure to have you with us here on t.v. today i'm sure. negotiations continue but that does not stop the blame game from raging we are told iran in the western powers are on the verge of an agreement regarding to iran's nuclear program then the talks stalled into the familiar stalemate the enemies of diplomacy appear to have the upper hand is more the only option left. china receding to diversify its economy with more emphasis on markets and the private sector it's
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a new direction from the country's ruling communist party in the specific details when their announce could affect the entire world china expert andrew k.p. long says change is needed to prevent social discontent and maintain the party's leadership. if china doesn't change. china we're stuck. in the kind of low level that women get the middle income trap as it were but time is more it's built on energy intensive. current economy and and profit margins are being squeezed as they should and grows as become increasingly uncertain inable out particularly with the probable and you scan city and of course pollution and rising through this content because of the inequalities so all these are in total drivers for change to maintain the farthest leadership in order to enhance the legitimacy. time now for some other
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international news in brief to egypt and dozens have been injured after clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of president morsi at cairo's main story university both groups threw stones flares and molotov cocktails at each other forcing people to intervene with tear gas shop windows were smashed cars destroyed and god's office set on fire on restaurant did shortly after the government lifted a three month curfew and state of emergency. right one hundred demonstrators marched through the hague in protest against racial violence the protests broke out ahead of a visit to the netherlands by french right wing leader marie le pen who will meet with the dutch counterpart protesters running through the city chanting and holding up racism banners. also in this wall of the syrian army has retaken control of the southern damascus suburb of his year with the help of hezbollah fighters from lebanon it's also reported share militants from iraq took part in the operation the area has been held by position for over
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a year and local media reports say pockets of resistance remain on the outskirts of . the french economy may be showing signs of growth but it's too late for many farmers driven to despair the suicide rate in the agricultural industries is soaring. went to meet those working in the worst affected region to find out why. since two thousand and eight mil kidney took had to plow on the face of rising production costs and a fall in profits but some farmers take it much harder than others. fifteen days ago my colleague tried to commit suicide because his mind not to tell him he credited won't be renewed to have to look. we were sent along seven days a week the west simply disconnected from the rest of french society was work hard and keep our heads down look around we don't. want to actually have damascus the
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plight of french farmers has been causing a lot of frazzle recent reports show that between two thousand and seven and two thousand and nine a total of four hundred eighty five farmers had committed suicide but that's an average of one suicide every two days making it the third biggest cause of death after cancer and cardiovascular diseases alarm bells are already ringing at the ministry of agriculture but farmers warn of the reality is even worse on their insurance reasons when if it turns out to be an accident because the bank loans to pay for his alone over shoes so the figures are wrong one farmer a day can be made. about when farmers are indebted to the bank. the same day dad collimators someone else. assess the situation both to help find a solution brittany where isabel is from is the french region with the highest number of suicides they can exceed the suicide rate among us we're talking about those producing milk and means is thirty percent higher than the general working
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population at the same age have more trouble talking about their problems and. when they decide to take their lives they tend to go through that so doc sickly france is the biggest beneficiary of you farm eight nine billion euros a year the twenty fourteen to twenty twenty period but most of that money doesn't go. foremost french president francois law has already pledged to shift almost one billion euros towards the livestock farmers don't wait for the better off crop farmers but the frustration has long boiled over isabel hopes change comes before another farmer she knows throws in the towel does or sylvia our t. shirts and. about with the news team with more in just over half an hour from now in the meantime the firsthand accounts of those who survived the blockade of lending right during world war two in leningrad see reflections.
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negotiations continue but that does not stop the blame game from raging we are told in the western powers from the virtually an agreement regarding to iran's nuclear program the talks stalled into the familiar stalemate the enemies of diplomacy appear to have the upper hand is more the only option left.
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